Counties in the region support and influence TOD in a number of essential ways. They often play a lead role in planning for future major regional transitways, acquire rights-of-way, and contribute to funding the capital and operating costs of transit. Counties frequently lead station area planning and implementation efforts. In addition, counties plan and design county roadways and rights-of-way, which can influence the character of development near transit. This affects how easy it is to walk and bicycle to transit.